Let’s make it happen for SDGs!
The United Nations has adopted 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as common goals for the international community. JRCS is working to solve the social issues targeted by the SDGs by providing the best solutions to our customers in our marine business and other business activities, and also by developing an environment and reforming the work styles of the employees who support these activities to make customers smile.
8 Key Challenges to Achieve the SDGs
JRCS’s Major Activities for SDGs
01 For Marine Industries and Society
- Providing full support to extend the service life of ships
Ships are an indispensable part of global transportation. However, we can not turn a blind eye to the fact that they consume a lot of resources and energy to build. JRCS has established an inspection and maintenance plan for each of our equipment and systems on board, and provides full support to repair, retrofit, or replace with recommended parts according to the inspection results. Working to extend the life of ships will make us fulfill the "responsibility to produce" as a manufacturer deeply involved in the ocean.
- Playing a part in building a supply chain for clean energy
It is said that there are 800 million people in the world who do not use electricity. As many as 3 billion people use firewood, coal, charcoal, and animal waste for cooking and heating, exposing them to health, safety, and life-threatening risks on a daily basis. By engaging in the construction of ships and equipment for the production and distribution of next-generation clean energy, JRCS will contribute to the realization of a society where all people around the world can use energy safely and securely.
SEP vessels (Building offshore wind power generation facilities)
Self-Elevating Platform (SEP) vessels are used to build wind turbines for offshore wind power generation, an earth-friendly power generation method. During the building process, the legs are lowered to the seabed to keep the hull afloat from the sea surface so that it is not affected by wind and waves. JRCS products, such as the starter panel that controls the jacks, are indispensable for this operation.
Liquefied hydrogen carriers
“SUISO FRONTIER” is the world’s first liquefied hydrogen carrier. The demonstration experiment has been conducted to build a supply chain for the stable supply of hydrogen, which is attracting attention as a next-generation clean energy. This carrier is equipped with JRCS's switchboard, engine control console, and cargo control console.
- Digital services to reduce workload for seafarers
The marine industry is facing serious problems such as a shortage of human resources due to the aging of seafarers and the improvement of the working environment. To solve these problems, JRCS provides the digital service "infoceanus". Our goal is to change the world into a more attractive place, where people working on ships have a sense of fulfillment and a smile on their faces, and where the younger generation is interested in working on ships. We believe that this will lead to making marine transportation sustainable and protecting the world's industries and lifestyles.
- Helping to build ships that protect the limited marine resources
The oceans occupy 70% of the earth‘s surface area. Despite the fact that we live on such a “water planet,” we are polluting the oceans with plastic garbage and threatening the ecosystem by overfishing. Putting a stop to these problems and improving the situation cannot be postponed so that we can continue to benefit from the ocean in the future.
JRCS is committed to the conservation of the oceans and marine resources through the delivery of products and after-service support to ships that are responsible for beautifying the oceans and promoting sustainable fishing.
Pollution control vessels
A lot of driftwood, household garbage, and seaweeds float in the ocean. Not only do they have a negative impact on the environment and scenery, but they can also get stuck in the screws of ships, causing accidents and breakdowns. Sea surface cleaning vessels collect these floating debris on board to ensure safe navigation and improve the water quality of the sea.
Fishing support vessels
Marine ecosystems change both in the short and long term. To conserve and stably use marine resources, the vessel conducts oceanographic observations such as water temperature and currents, resource surveys of major fish species, and forecasts of fishing conditions using fish finders, and provides information to fishermen. In the event of a disaster, seabed surveys are also conducted in the disaster area.
Fishery control vessels
These vessels work day and night at sea to protect valuable fishing grounds and marine resources by providing guidance and cracking down on fish poaching and other illegal activities. In particular, all four of the fishery control vessels operated by Hokkaido, including “HOKUO MARU”, are equipped with JRCS’s main switchboards, group starter panels, and engine control consoles.
- Contributing to the local community
Founded in 1948 as a company that sold and repaired radio equipment for fishing boats, JRCS has developed its business based in Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture. In particular, we are grateful for the understanding of the local community, which has allowed our manufacturing plant to continue operating without stopping until today. Our commitment to “Sustainable cities and communities” is our way of giving back to the local community. We also believe that it is our duty as a corporate citizen to take the initiative in cooperating in various local activities.
On-site classes and events to promote active listening
“KIKUHO" is a JRCS original character developed based on the concept of “Active Listening". “KIKUHO” is a watchdog who helps employees exercise their listening skills and listen to the opinions of their colleagues. To convey the importance of active listening to the public, “KIKUHO” has visited the nursery school classes and the events organized by Yamaguchi prefecture or Shimonoseki city.
Company tour / internship
In response to requests from local junior high and high schools, we offer company tours and internships. With the aim of fostering career education for children and fostering their attachment to their hometowns, we try to convey how our work is valuable in society in an easy-to-understand manner by using videos and slides.
※All photos are of events before the Corona disaster.
※All photos are of events before the Corona disaster.
Bell mark collection activities
We are cooperating with the bell mark collection activities conducted by Aioi Nissay Dowa Insurance Co., Ltd.
The collected bell marks are donated to schools in the local communities and disaster-stricken areas, and are used to purchase school supplies and teaching materials such as school facilities, stationery, and children's books. The collected bell marks are also used for educational assistance activities in developing countries.
＊The photo was taken in a short time with the mask off.
＊The photo was taken in a short time with the mask off.
Traffic safety activities
We regularly participate in traffic safety campaigns conducted by the Council of Safe Driving Managers. We encourage local drivers to drive safely. In addition, at the Toyoura Office, where most employees commute by car, the Safety and Health Committee provides guidance on traffic routes and speed within the premises to raise employees' awareness of traffic rules.
02 For Employees
- Creating a workplace where everyone can play an active role
Each of us has a different nationality, background, interests, and expertise. Only by recognizing and taking advantage of their individuality can we respond to the needs of our diverse society and customers. That is why we have introduced a variety of systems that allow employees to produce their own work style and maximize their abilities to achieve results. The basic idea of JRCS is that in order to spread smiles to customers and society, employees themselves must first be able to work with a smile.
Kikkho Land, located next to the employee cafeteria, takes care of children between the ages of 0 and 6. We have a variety of programs to promote children's growth, including online English classes and eurhythmics. With dedicated childcare staff on hand, employees can concentrate on their work with peace of mind.
Women are not the only ones who use in-house nursery. There are cases where grandparents take care of their grandchildren as well as male employees.
Systems that encourage diverse work styles
We have introduced a variety of systems allowing employees to design their own career plans and control the way they work, including a full-time employment system, teleworking, and hourly paid leave. Some employees use the secondary job system to work as researchers or part-time university lecturers, utilizing the experience gained there in their main jobs.
Diversification of work styles is progressing. More employees are using the secondary job system.
Employees of various nationalities
Multinational engineers are working to develop the digital solutions at JRCS Digital Innovation Lab. The mixture of diverse cultures, thoughts, and skills broadens our perspectives and enables us to take a unique approach to solving issues in the marine industry.
In the Digital Innovation LAB, multinational members have joined together to develop solutions using latest digital technology. Women are not the only ones who use in-house nursery. There are cases where grandparents take care of their grandchildren as well as male employees. Diversification of work styles is progressing. More employees are using the secondary job system. In the Digital Innovation LAB, multinational members have joined together to develop solutions using latest digital technology.
- Education to support employees' self growth
JRCS, which places importance on human resource development, offers various opportunities for learning, including study sessions and seminars.
For employees who want to improve their skills on their own initiative, a self-development support system is provided, such as an e-learning library for a wide range of skills from management to business skills and online foreign language learning. This system is designed to increase employee motivation and to energize the company.
Free-to-attend study sessions are hold mainly for employees who are thinking of taking the promotion exam or the exam for promotion to full-time employees. The objective is to make learning a habit, rather than studying intensely only before exams. Employees who are not planning to take the exam are also welcome to participate, and it is an opportunity for them to experience the joy of studying.
The open class attracts 40 to 50 participants each time. They learn how the brain works, what our limits are, and other things that lead to personal growth.
Seminars to broaden the horizons
Our executive operating officer, who is an expert in the energy field, hold in-house seminars on topics such as energy in the near future, electricity in our daily lives, and the global situation of natural gas/LNG (liquefied natural gas). We learn the importance of keeping our antennae open to the world's trends, and develop the ability to see things from a macro perspective.
The seminars are held using video conferencing applications to connect Tokyo and Toyoura office (Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture).
Seminars organized by the department
JRCS also holds active study sessions for each department. Each department sets its own themes, including current issues such as "the impact of CO2 emission regulations and the introduction of rating systems" and "what is required of ocean-going vessels to reduce greenhouse gas emissions," as well as industry research and specialized technical training. Our employees also serve as lecturers.
*Events and study sessions/seminors are conducted with measures to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
The design department holds regular training sessions to improve CAD operation skills, aiming to create drawings with higher efficiency and quality. The open class attracts 40 to 50 participants each time. They learn how the brain works, what our limits are, and other things that lead to personal growth. The seminars are held using video conferencing applications to connect Tokyo and Toyoura office (Shimonoseki City, Yamaguchi Prefecture). The design department holds regular training sessions to improve CAD operation skills, aiming to create drawings with higher efficiency and quality.